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French Drain Systems

If you have a water leaking problem or pooling water in your yard, a perimeter drain could be the right option for you.

Exterior drainage solutions to keep your home dry

If you have a water leaking problem or pooling water in your yard, a perimeter drain could be the right option for you. At Florida Foundation Authority, we offer a variety of exterior drainage systems to help you keep your home dry and clean. Our systems fit all types of foundations and floor slabs, and our experts will help you identify the best drain for your needs.

Click below to learn more about how we can help you. We offer free estimates on all exterior drainage system installations in Orlando, Oviedo, Deltona and nearby.


Basement Gutter Installed

What is a French drain?

French drains are also known as:

  • Basement drains
  • Drain tile
  • Weeping tile
  • Footing drain
  • Perimeter drain

This might surprise you, but French drains don’t originate from France at all! In fact, the concept was designed by Henry Flagg French in Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. A French drain is not a specific item per se, but rather a name for the space between a basement wall and the concrete slab that allows water to drain outside of the home rather than pool on the floor. Unfortunately, traditional French drains clog easily and often struggle to thoroughly remove water.

Our drainage systems take this drainage concept to the next level by using a wall flange that allows seepage to enter the drain and collects water off the walls to easily funnel it away from your foundation. Our drain systems also prevent debris from entering the drainage area and provide a clean finished appearance on your floor.

Which French drain system works best for you?

Different problems call for different tools to fix them. In the same way that we wouldn’t use a hammer to drive in a screw, we do not use the same drain system for every waterproofing job we complete.

Each of our drainage systems is designed to address a different, unique challenge that you may be facing. Some of these challenges involve the way your home has been designed, while others address unusual water issues. We offer a wide selection of French drain systems to choose from:

BasementGutter® Below Floor Drain

For a typical home, our BasementGutter™ system is the ideal choice for waterproofing. This French drain is designed to be installed below the floor slab, resting on top of the foundation footing. This keeps the drainage system out of the “mud zone,” where drains can clog. BasementGutter™ is installed with minimal invasion of the slab, and all concrete is restored after installation.

The BasementGutter® system collects water that seeps through walls and drains it to your sump pump. The system installs quickly and has a clean, finished appearance, meaning you don’t have to worry about having an unsightly drain around your home. BasementGutter® works for both block walls and poured concrete, ensuring that your home remains dry in all situations.


Grated Drain Pipe

Surface Drain

For many homeowners, preventing flooding from an outer entryway such as a hatchway, garage door, or doorway is a priority. In this case we use the Grated Draining Pipe to span the opening and prevent water from flowing into your home. The grated opening of this system is designed to accept water from the floor, where it’s then redirected to your perimeter drain and your sump pump.

This system comes with a removable lid to clear any debris that may enter the drain and is compatible with all our perimeter drain systems. The device lays smoothly across the floor to eliminate tripping hazards. We also recommend installing the drain inside the door to prevent debris from flooding in as well as to prevent freezing in the winter.

Let us install the drain system you need for your home!

No matter how your house was constructed or what kinds of problems you’re facing, our waterproofing experts can provide a solution that’s ideal for you! Call your local waterproofing experts at Florida Foundation Authority today to get started with a free estimate in Apopka, Ocoee, Palm Bay, Port Saint Lucie, Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Melbourne, or nearby.



3723 Hogshead Rd
Apopka, FL 32703